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Today's Events at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival

By Katie Schultz

August 15, 2015 - 9:33 AM

Enjoy today, Saturday the 15th, with a trip to the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival:

All day, see the Juried Fine Arts Show on Main Street.

All day, see the Crafts & Trades Show on Main Street.

7:00 am, separated from the festival, people can go to the 5K Run Registration at Station Break, 106 Howard.

8:00 am, "We Never Run Alone" 5K begins.

9:00 am, Banjo & Flat Pick Guitar Contest Registration is held at the South Stage (Gambier & Main).

10:00 am, the Banjo & Flat Pick Guitar Contest is held on the South Stage.

10 am-8 pm, visitors can attend the Quilt Show at the YMCA, 200 W. Chestnut.

10:00 am, Old-Time Fiddle Contest Registration is held on the Main Stage (public square).

11:00 am, Old-Time Fiddle Contest will begin on the Main Stage.

11 am- 8 pm, Visitors can attend the Flower Show at the Living Center, 201 N. Main.

At noon, See Panther Kenpo Karate at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main.

1:00 pm, youth showcase begins on the South Stage (Gambier and Main). The Youth Showcase will be held on the South Stage (Gambier and Main). The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival showcases the incredible talent of Knox County's youth, and the Youth Showcase is a perfect place for young performers to start. The Showcase is open to all school-aged youth from grades 1-12. Many past performers of the Showcase have gone on to appear as individual performers on stages at the Dan Emmett Festival, throughout central Ohio, and even abroad. Some have gone on to become Knox Idol contestants and winners.

1:00 pm, Carole Dance Studio perform at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main. Carol Dance Studio has been training and entertaining in Knox County for 57 years! Caring faculty members work closely with students to educate and oversee that proper form and technique is practiced, and that the choreography reflects the current trends in dance styles. Carol Dance Studio produces two dance concerts per year, as well as performs in parades, festivals, and assisted living centers. Students, ranging in age from 2 years old to adult, participate recreationally and/or competitively winning first place creativity, and student recognition awards. Many students have become career dance professionals.

At 2:00 pm, see Russ Nutt & Courtney DeCosky perform on the South Stage.

At 2:00 pm, experience the Roller Dolls on Center Stage (Vine & Main).

At 2:00 pm, See the Spotlight Studio perform at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main. The Spotlight Dance Center, under the direction of Katie Delozier and Stephanie Stute, offers lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, creative movement, and gymnastics. The Spotlight offers a 35-week progressive dance and gymnastics program starting in late August. Lessons start at age 2 through adult.

The Spotlight Dance Center travels to dance conventions each year, and presents an annual recital at the Mt. Vernon Memorial Theater every May. The Spotlight Performance Team also performs at numerous events around Knox County throughout the year.

At 2 pm-8 pm , Woodward Opera House Tours at 103 S. Main.

At 2:30 pm, the Bell Girls perform on the South Stage. These four sisters have been singing together for about 4 years. What started as an activity to fill time on long vacation rides has become a fun hobby for the girls. Erin is a senior at the University of Mount Union, Megan is a junior in high school, Leslie is a freshman, and Christine is a 6th grader. They enjoy singing together and performing for the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.

At 3:00 pm, the Knox Choraliers perform on the South Stage.

At 3:00 pm, see Tayler's Dance Academy at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main. Tayler's Dance Academy is under the direction of Tayler Holt. Tayler has been dancing since she was three, and this will mark her 8th year teaching.  She loves to share her love of dance with others. The studio offers classes in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, cheerdance, acro/jazz, and clogging. The teaching staff includes Christine Lipscomb, Laura Webster, Sue Marotte, and Tayler Holt. Their students enjoy many opportunities to perform, including Spring and holiday recitals at the Memorial Theater, regional competitions, performances at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, Relay for Life, and Velvet Ice Cream. Through performances and weekly instruction, students gain self-confidence, pride, poise, and physical fitness while learning the value of being a team member.

At 3:00 pm, the Donut Eating Contest takes place on the square.

At 3:30 pm, Erin Bell performs on the South Stage. This fall, Erin will be starting her junior year at The University of Mount Union, majoring in Neuroscience and double minoring in Business Administration and Music. She maintains her music scholarship by taking voice lessons and participating in two choirs: Cantus Femina, an all-women choral ensemble, and Concert Choir, a mixed ensemble that is looking forward to touring in Austria next summer. Erin has also been involved in two productions within the theater department, including the role of Marta in Company, a role in the song cycle Edges. Most recently, Erin was thrilled to be a part of the cast of Shrek the Musical with her whole family. She is excited to back again performing at the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival.

At 4:00 pm, the Colonial Kids perform on the South Stage. This dynamic group of local students comprises this years Colonial Kids.  They represent the young adults of our county with voices of energy, excitement and enthusiasm. They bring forth the carefree spirit that music creates and energizes the audience with toe-tapping, hand-clapping tunes.

At 4:00 pm , see MaKenzy Groom & Lily Buckley on Center Stage.

At 4 pm- 8 pm, Odd Fellows Hall Tours at 114 S Main.

At 4:30 pm, Steven Meeker performs on the South Stage. Steven Meeker Jr. is a BFA Acting major for the class of 2017 at Otterbein University. Steven has done over 40 productions with Otterbein, MTVarts, Right Brain Productions, The School for Mime Theatre, MVHS, and Mount Vernon Players. Some of his favorite productions include The Invention of Theater (Director, After the Fall (Man in Park), Grease (Roger), Ah, Wilderness! (Nat Miller/Producer), The Diary of Anne Frank (Peter Van Daan), The Laramie Project (Co-Director/Ensemble), and The Average High School Play (Co-Director/Andrew). He is a mime with seven years of training. He will be presenting a youth showcase of some of the most talented young actors Knox County has to offer. There will be monologues, scenes and mime plays galore.

At 4:30 pm, Lacey Blubaugh performs on the Center Stage. Lacey Blubaugh has a love for musical arts. She has performed with the TaVaci School of Performing Arts, the Knox County Fair Youth Choir, Tayler's Dance Academy, and the Dan Emmett Festival Youth Showcase. Lacey has been a part of five Mount Vernon High School musicals and MTVarts' The Little Mermaid, Jr. She plays multiple instruments, participates in Knox County 4-H, and enjoys writing.

At 5:00 pm, Twisted Dixie performs at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main. The Twisted Dixie Band is a unique mix of rock, southern rock, and country...both old and new in each genre. Lead female singer is Pamela Secrist. Her husband Joe Secrist plays drums for full shows and the Cajon for smaller venues. Eric Clouston plays rhythm guitar and adds his lead male vocals. Greg Short plays lead guitar, and also plays mandolin in certain songs as well as the harmonica, with occasional vocals. Kyle Watson is the fantastic bass player, and completes the Twisted Dixie Band family.   

At 5:30 pm, Jamee Hershberger performs on the Center Stage. Jamee Hershberger has performed in the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival for 15 long years. She is probably known to most festival-goers as Jamee Gresley. She was wed in September of last year and currently works at Knox Community Hospital. Jamee is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Master's degree in psychology, but still loves to sing and write songs in her free time. She will be singing some old favorites, a few originals, and even an acapella ending in this year's performance.

At 6:00 pm, Chautauqua Beatles perform on the South Stage. First appearing at the 2011 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, the Chautauqua Beatles filled ThePlace@ TheWoodward to overflowing. With that type of response the group performed for the FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY for the last three years leaving all those in attendance wanting more. The Chautauqua Beatles consist of Desmond Wall, Bill Miller, Roy Rush and Mike Petee and will bring a full year of rehearsals and additional Beatles songs not performed last year at the DEF or for FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY. So if you missed them before, don't miss them again, and if you saw them before, come and see more of your Beatles favorites.  After the 2015 Festival, the band intends to change the name to Sgt. Pepper, but don't worry! They will still give you the incredible performances you have come to love.

At 6:30 pm, T. G. Sheppard performs on the Main Stage. T.G. Sheppard has always had a knack of being ‘at the right place at the right time’ in Country Music.  He was the singular artist who put a massive amount of gold in the teeth of the country music industry’s biggest ‘sales bite’ in history—during the ‘Golden Era’ of the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s as the success of ‘Urban Cowboy’ helped usher in a new wave of country. T.G. opened the ‘80’s with a remarkable run of a dozen #1’s hits that would forever secure his place in industry history. He brought romance—and yes, sex appeal—to country music at a time when young men in hats were first saddling up to monopolize the range on the nation’s airwaves.

At 6:30 pm, Ben Peverly performs on the Center Stage. Ben Peverly is a saxophonist and entertainer from Auburn, Indiana. He, and his children, have been residing in Knox County since 2002. His passion for entertaining audiences began at age 12, and he has been performing for audiences of all sizes ever since. His smooth sounds have earned him many awards and have allowed him to perform for audiences across the U.S. Ben has played exclusive events at Walt Disney World and many private events for local celebrities as well as U.S. Vice Presidents.

Ben's passion for music began with the love of the saxophone, and he has been inspired by many great artists such as Kenny G., David Sanborn, Dave Koz & Kim Waters. You'll hear in Ben's music how his styling and tone are unique, and how his music has been inspired by his mentors'. Smooth jazz is his style of choice, and when you listen to his music, he wants you to be transported to an easy and care free state of mind.

The saxophone is not his only musical outlet. He has been involved with many aspects of the entertainment industry.  Not only an accomplished musician but a Disc Jockey as well, Ben provides his audience with unparalleled performances.  He enjoys making people smile and have a great time with his music. Whether he is playing it or spinning it, he loves the way it makes his audience feel.

In 2002, Ben produced and released a holiday album that reached private sales that exceeded 3,000 copies. And is now working on his next album release, a collection of his favorite hits. He hopes to release it soon.

At 7:00 pm, Pierce-Booker Project at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main.

At 7:30 pm, Safire Sun performs on the South Stage.

At 7:30 pm, Jeff Putnam performs on the Center Stage. Jeff Putnam performs songs by James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, John Prine, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and others. He is one-half (the shorter, guitar-playing half) of the Harmony Brothers, a local duo. He has also portrayed musical figures in numerous Chautauqua presentations.

At 8:00 pm, Festival Bell Auction takes place on the Main Stage.

At 9:00 pm, the Emmett Award is presented on the Main Stage.

At 9:30 pm, Crystal Gayle performs on the Main Stage. Crystal Gayle has been a favorite of audiences of country and popular music since attaining national prominence with her first chart records in the mid-seventies. Perhaps most identified with her classic recording of her timeless signature song "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," Crystal is also well known for her multi-format hits "You've Been Talking in Your Sleep," "When I Dream," "Half the Way" and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, "Just You and I." Crystal has released over twenty number one hits and has been awarded numerous times by the Grammy's, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the American Music Awards, and the American Music Operators Association. In 2009 Crystal was honored to receive her own star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Enjoy the whole day at the festival, refueling yourself at the many different concession stands.

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